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Full text of "The Letters Of Horace Walpole Vol I"

1743]
To Horace Mann
395
to have been the latter ; but I think you told me that she rather had a mind to the other sort, which, by the way, I don't think I could get for her.
Thursday, eight o'clock at night.
I am just come from the House, and dined.   Mr. Coke moved the address, seconded by Mr. Yorke, the Lord Chancellor's   son.     The  Opposition divided  149 against 278 ; which gives a better prospect of carrying on the winter easily.    In the Lords' House there was no division.   Mr. Pitt called Lord Carteret the execrable author of our measures,  and sole minister.    Mr. Winnington replied, that he did not know of any sole minister ; but if my Lord Carteret was so, the gentlemen of the other side had contributed more to make him so than he had.
I am much pleased with the prospect you show me of the Correggio. My Lord is so satisfied with the Donainichin, that he will go as far as a thousand pound for the Correggio. Do you really think we shall get it, and for that price ?
You talk of the new couple, and of giving the sposa a mantille : what new couple ? you don't say. I suppose, some Suares, by the raffle. Adieu !
136.   To HOEACE MANN.
Dec. 15, 1743.
I WRITE in a great fright, lest this letter should come too late. My Lord has been told by a Dr. Bragge, a virtuoso, that, some years ago, the monks asked ten thousand pounds for our Correggio1, and that there were two copies then made of it : that afterwards, he is persuaded, the King of Portugal bought the original ; he does not know at what price. Now, I think it very possible that this doctor,
LETTER 136. — J One of the most     angels, in a convent at Parma. Wal-celebrated pictures of Correggio with     pole. the Madonna and Child, saints, and